488. Provisional measures to protect parties' rights.

The International Court of Justice1 has the power to indicate, if it considers that circumstances so require, any provisional measures which must be taken to preserve the respective rights of the parties2. The court must be satisfied that it has prima facie jurisdiction3. The court has discretion whether or not to indicate provisional measures4. The rights which it is sought to protect by such measures must be plausible, and must be those which are the subject matter of the proceedings before the court